Fewer Motorcycle Deaths Due to Impairment in 2023

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(COLO) – As temperatures begin to warm, an increase in the number of motorcycles on Colorado roadways will naturally follow. Colorado State Troopers want to remind riders about the dangers of driving while impaired and to ride with focus.

“Last year, we saw a tremendous improvement in choices by our motorcycle community, “stated Col. Matthew C. Packard, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “We saw a 36% decline in fatalities caused by an impaired rider in the crashes our agency investigated, and I’m hoping we can continue this downward trend. Lives depend on it.”

Motorcyclists face a higher risk of serious injuries or death when they are involved in a crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists account for 14% of all crash-related fatalities in the U.S., even though they are only 3.5% of the vehicles on the road.

“Experienced riders don’t take unnecessary risks,” stated Col. Matthew C. Packard, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “Whether consuming alcohol, marijuana or another substance, intoxicated riders are more likely to lose control of their vehicles and crash.”

The Effects of Alcohol on Riding (NHTSA)

Blood Alcohol Concentration

Predictable Effects on Riding


Decline in visual functions, decline in the ability to perform two tasks at the same time


Reduced coordination, reduced ability to track moving objects, difficulty steering, reduced response to emergency driving situations


Reduced concentration, short-term memory loss, lack of speed control, reduced information processing capability, impaired perception.


Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake properly.


Substantial impairment in motorcycle control, attention to riding task, and necessary visual and auditory information processing.


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Troopers continue to take a low-tolerance approach to the top fatal crash factors, including lane violations, impaired driving and speeding while launching a yearlong campaign called “Drive Safe.” This campaign reminds people to reflect on everything they love and value and plan a sober ride when planning to celebrate.


Since our origin in 1935, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has focused on preserving human life and protecting property within our communities. Our 1,100 members embody the core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect in their daily jobs.  In addition to our expertise in motor vehicle safety on the state’s roadways, the CSP is responsible for the Governor and other dignitaries’ protection, commercial motor vehicle enforcement, hazardous materials, homeland security, communications, investigative services, criminal interdiction, community education, aviation operations, and more.